Saturday 22 October 2016

Lam: Support has been huge for us

Daragh Small

Published 01/04/2016 | 02:30

Pat Lam. Photo: Sportsfile
Pat Lam. Photo: Sportsfile

Connacht coach Pat Lam says their supporters will play a vital role as the Pro12 and Challenge Cup draws to an end with Connacht in contention in both.

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Lam's men travel to take on Ulster in Kingspan Stadium this evening as they look to claim their third inter-pro success of the season.

After that they travel to take on Grenoble in the Challenge Cup quarter-final but then they are at home to Munster in the Pro12 the following weekend.

Connacht are at home again on the final day of the Pro12 season, and could have a home Pro12 semi-final to look forward, as well as a potential Challenge semi-final in the Sportsground.

Connacht were roared home by the vociferous 7,300 that packed into the Galway venue last weekend when they toppled Leinster 7-6 to stay top of the Pro12.

Connacht have only lost once at home this season, to Ulster, and Lam says it's crucial the fans make their voices heard, and continue to fill out the Sportsground for the remainder of the season.

"It's just building and building, it's fantastic. The Scarlets game was awesome, the Ospreys game, everything is just going to another level. The fantastic thing is the supporters are just going on the ride with us.

"It's just going to go better, I know the Munster game is nearly sold out, and Glasgow at the end. So when we come back home next time it will be another tremendous effort.

"We have got to go away to Belfast now and then head over to Grenoble. But when we come back I look forward to it. The supporters are great, they just drive us on. I always talked about it - at the end it gets you home," he said.

Irish Independent

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